Govern­ment launches di­a­betes pi­lot project na­tion wide

Malta Independent - - INTERVIEW -

The govern­ment is to ex­tend its pi­lot project launched last July to type 2 di­a­bet­ics re­quir­ing in­sulin, which will make them el­i­gi­ble for glu­cose me­ters. There are around 40,000 peo­ple – 10 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion – who suf­fer from di­a­betes, 6,000 of whom are de­pen­dent on in­sulin. In 2016, en­ti­tle­ment for blood sugar mon­i­tor­ing strips was ex­tended to cover all those with type 1 di­a­betes. All in­sulin-re­quir­ing di­a­bet­ics will now be en­ti­tled to a new blood sugar mon­i­tor­ing ma­chine and up to four blood sugar mon­i­tor­ing sticks a day.

This week, the plan will start all over Gozo and over the rest of Malta. In the near fu­ture, in­sulin-re­quir­ing di­a­betic pa­tients who are en­ti­tled to the blood sugar mon­i­tor and sticks will re­ceive an en­ti­tle­ment let­ter from the Cen­tral Pro­cure­ment and Sup­plies Unit, as well as an in­for­ma­tion let­ter from the Phar­macy of Your Choice. Th­ese have to be pre­sented at the phar­macy where the pa­tient is reg­is­tered.

The plan for next year is to ex­tend it to all those with type 2 di­a­betes.

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